Arsenal fans have gotten a little excited today after reports in Italy suggested that they are set to launch an audacious bid for Inter captain Mauro Icardi.
Icardi is currently viewed as one of the top players plying his trade in Serie A. Having scored 27 goals in 48 games for Inter, the Argentine forward currently has one of the most lethal strike rates in Europe and would be a huge signing for the Gunners.
According to reports, Arsenal already bid £32million for the striker in the last winter transfer window only to see the offer rejected. However, the Emirates side apparently will not be deterred and with Olivier Giroud currently in mixed form, coupled with the fact that the Arsenal squad is presently plagued by injury, Wenger is convinced that it is finally the right time to get the Icardi deal done.
At just 22 years of age, the Argentine is of the perfect Wenger profile in that he would have great sell on value should he go on to be a success at the Emirates. With his strike rate as impressive as it is, a fee under £40million would actually represent some value in a transfer market that Wenger has himself stated is short of talented finishers.
You can check out all 24 of Icardi’s goals from last season in the clip below. Keep your eyes out for the cheeky penalty around 3:15 into the video.